A very finely carved & incised Japanese netsuke of a puppy dog with inlaid eyes. It almost looks like an adorable bear cub. The color is a little less reddish than shown in the gray background, or a little lighter & more yellowish-reddish than the ones in the white background. Also overall the front (left half of the puppy) is a little lighter than the back. From peanut butter to caramel/toffee hue.
I do not specialize in Japanese antiques & do not know how to date the piece. From a dealer's estate in storage for 2 decades. 2 inches long & 1.25 in. Some tight age lines well hidden among the incised hairlines, not very noticeable. Otherwise in excellent condition, with the usual & expected minor age flaws such as rubs, wears, scratches, dirts.Please keep in mind that each monitor's brightness and color is a little bit different, it might show a little darker/brighter, or the colors might tint towards another color hue. Please see below for reason. Please DO NOT MAKE ANY ASSUMPTION.
Words such as "possibly", "possible", "probably", "maybe", "or", "nor", "style", "type", "school of", "attribute to", "reportedly", "without a date", approx. Forced return considered as abandoned property & will be discarded. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Netsuke". The seller is "rollingclouds" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.